Frequently Asked Questions

What are IQF/frozen on land scallops?

They are the scallops from the last day of the trip, which are the freshest, and are hand selected for quality and run through an IQF (individually quick frozen) tunnel at -70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

What are frozen at sea scallops?

Scallops that are rinsed 3 times with sea water and packed into 5 pound and 15 pound blocks for example to be frozen at -40 degrees Fahrenheit for over 8 hours on racks which are then taken and stored on the boat in a refrigerated insulated hold.

How do you package scallops so when they are shipped long distances they still arrive cold?

Our scallops will be shipped frozen unless otherwise noted and packed with frozen gel packs inside an insulated box. Scallops overnighted will arrive frozen and scallops delivered in 2-3 days will arrive thawed, cold, and ready to cook. Once thawed, our scallops are top quality for up to 5 days.

What is the best way to de-thaw frozen scallops?

In the refrigerator for 36 hours. Scallops change in both flavor and texture when exposed to 55 degrees Fahrenheit so we highly recommend that you do not de-thaw scallops at room temperature or soaked in water unless absolutely necessary.

Why are bulk orders of IQF scallops beneficial?

Because the scallops are individually frozen and not frozen into a block of scallops, you can de-thaw as many scallops as you want at any given time without waste!

What is STP?

Sodium Triphosphate. It is a preservative found in detergents and industrial cleaners that is added to 99% of the scallops on the market, sourced from the US.  Captain’s Finest scallops are 100% additive free.

What’s the difference between “dry” and “wet” scallops?

“Dry” scallops are chemical free and never soaked to add water weight. “Wet” scallops have been soaked in vats full of STP and water for up to 20 days, increasing their volume by 30% water weight. Most scallops that are sold as “dry” are actually “splashed” which is a 24-48 hour soak that disinfects the meat and increases water weight by 10-15%. You can trust Captain’s Finest to always deliver scallops which have never been soaked or splashed with STP, because we control the process…from the bottom of the ocean, to the top of your plate.

What are the nutrition facts of sea scallops?

Scallops are an excellent source of important minerals like selenium, zinc, copper, magnesium, and potassium which promote strong immune systems, healthy thyroid and brain function, and may protect against heart disease and diabetes. They also contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and of course, high quality protein.

 

References

Seafood Health Facts: Making Smart Choices-Scallops
https://www.seafoodhealthfacts.org/seafood-choices/description-top-commercial-seafood-items/scallops

Are Scallops Safe to Eat? Nutrition, Benefits and More
www.healthline.com/nutrition/scallops

Freezing At Sea
www.fao.org/3/v3630e/v3630e14.htm

Those Upscale Scallops
www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-mar-14-fo-37240-story.html

They’re called scallops but some sold in grocery stores are more than 85 percent water
www.boston.com/news/local-news/2012/09/23/theyre-called-scallops-but-some-sold-in-grocery-stores-are-more-than-85-percent-water